KFU and charity foundation Rusfond are launching a joint project in children’s healthcare. In 2020, KFU’s Center for Precision and Regenerative Medicine obtained a pediatric license from the Ministry of Health of Tatarstan. The Center’s Neuro-Rehabilitation Unit plans to tackle this new task.
This field, together with oncology and regenerative medicine, is one of the foci for the Center. “We use cutting-edge locomotor neuro-rehabilitation and also test our own technologies of neuro-regeneration,” explains Director of the Center Albert Rizvanov. “We hope to combine various approaches to regeneration and rehabilitation to achieve best effects.”
This is going to be a second children’s healthcare project implemented by KFU and Rusfond. The first one, National Bone Marrow Donor Registry, has been in place since 2017. University’s Extreme Biology Lab is in charge of HLA-typing (genome sequencing technique) for potential bone marrow donors. Several transplantations have been performed already with the help of data from the registry. Roman Troitsky is poised to become the first patient of neuro-rehabilitations as soon as the necessary funding is raised.
Head of the Neuro-Rehabilitation Unit Elvira Mukhametova says, “Roman is 9 years old, and he’s been afflicted with congenital spastic form of infantile cerebral palsy. In 2019, he was treated at the Republican Clinical Hospital of Tatarstan, and a permanent epidural stimulation system was implanted. We have the necessary equipment to further develop his new ‘superpowers.’ It helps organize rehabilitation with full biological feedback and evaluate all pre-rehab and post-rehab parameters in detail. Based on the data, we can select a specific program of individual rehabilitation and stimulation. Stimulation can make rehabilitation more effective.”
Source: Kazan Federal University